Not to be mean about this, but I wish Sens Feinstein and Rockefeller had shown such concern about pushing back against the executive branch on intelligence matters back when, as members of the Intelligence Committee, both decided to back the invasion of Iraq rather than doing their jobs and calling attention to the problems with the intelligence the administration was presenting. Somehow other members of the SSIC like Dick Durbin and Carl Levin managed to figure out what was going on.
Feinstein's service on the Senate Intel Committee has been a disaster. I really don't care if she got her feelings hurt or if she has legitimate concerns about Panetta's fitness for office. Dianne Feinstein has proven herself to be incompetent in matters of intelligence. Fortunately though for Feinstein there's almost no accountability when it comes to Chairmanships. In a just world she wouldn't be the Chair of the Select Intelligence Committee.
Kudos to Obama for reaching outside the horribly tainted world of the intelligence community to tap Panetta. As Rachel Maddow has stated, elections have consequences and if you have intelligence service to the Bush administration on your resume you shouldn't be getting a promotion. In fact you should probably be getting a subpoena, but that's another blog post I suppose.